The tenth annual Creative & Cultural Skills National Conference takes place today

 1 April 2019

This year’s conference takes place in Cardiff for the first time, gathering creative professionals, educators and policy makers from across the UK.

Delegates from across the UK are gathering in Cardiff on 1 April
Delegates from across the UK are gathering in Cardiff on 1 April

Speakers at the event will consider how we can break down the barriers in the cultural sector. From improving representation through recruitment, to making the sector more accessible, to engaging schools in that process; this year’s programme is full of creative experts who are already doing fantastic work to build a strong, diverse creative and cultural sector.

Around 250 delegates are expected to attend the event in Cardiff City Hall coming from England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. They represent a wide range of organisations in both the creative industries and the education sector.

Keynote speakers include Graeme Farrow, Artistic Director of Wales Millennium Centre, Bill Lucas founder of the Centre for Real-World Learning, Phil George, Chair of the Arts Council of Wales and Lord Elis-Thomas, Deputy Minister for Culture, Sport and Tourism, Welsh Assembly.

Seetha Kumar, ScreenSkills and Alan Bishop, Creative Industries Federation, will be joining Creative & Cultural Skills CEO Simon Dancey to present the recent launched Creative Careers Programme. This government funded project, which will be delivered jointly by the three organisations, has the ambition of reaching two million young people.

We’ve also got a wealth of talent on this year’s industry panel which will be considering what practical steps we can take to break down the barriers in the cultural sector. 

  • Vilma Nikolaidou, Associate Director, People Strategy University Arts London 
  • Kate Danielson, Director, Weston Jerwood Creative Bursaries 
  • Emma Green, Head of Diversity, Dept of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy 
  • Alex Porter-Smith, Co-founder, High Tide 
  • Marc Jaffrey, Creative, Media and Film specialist 

Delegates will have the chance to choose from a selection of breakout sessions in specialist topics. They will finish the day by hearing from the apprentice panel, made up of young people who are currently completing their apprenticeships in the creative and cultural sector. Take a look at the full conference programme online. 

Tickets for conference are still available to purchase online or on the door, and proceedings will be live tweeted from @CCSkills using the hashtag #CreativeNationUK

Shortly after conference, Creative & Cultural Skills will move over to the National Museum Cardiff to celebrate the annual Creative & Cultural Skills Awards


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